“Fresh Water” in “FORTH Magazine”

My latest short fiction piece “Fresh Water” was published in FORTH Magazine. This flash fiction was inspired by a writing exercise I did in a writing class with Richard Rayner (read my interview with him in Exposition Review) about the last time two people see each other. Set on Mars, this is a story of love found, lived, and scattered across the universe.

Enjoy:

“Fresh Water” in FORTH Magazine

Exposition Review Vol. II: “Surface” is Now Available

Here it is! Exposition Review‘s latest issue Vol. II: “Surface” is now available online!

“Surface” is all about perspective. Full of unique voices and blending genres, this issue is a close examination of the superficial and the sublime, of the hidden depths and delicate tensions inherent to the human experience. Together, the works presented in “Surface” take us through the looking glass, on a journey to unusual places and liminal spaces—a journey we’re looking forward to making again and again.

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“Ready to Where?” in Drunk Monkeys

I’m excited to share my short fiction piece Ready to Where?, which was published in the January 2017 issue of Drunk Monkeys. I hold this piece close to my heart for a few reasons. I read a version of it at one of the MPW student-faculty readings at The Last Bookstore in Downtown LA. It’s also based on my art history master’s thesis, The Model as Muse, which examined fashion photography and fashion; shifts in the museum space and hierarchies of culture; and different constructs of the muse, the model, and gender. Even the description of the thesis reveals its complexities, but with this hopefully more approachable fictionalization of gender and identity constructs, I hope to spark some of the same thought trajectories and conversations (both internal and verbal). Enjoy:

Ready to Where? in Drunk Monkeys

“She released a small cloud of telepathic butterflies…Oh my, oh my.” in “The Human Touch Journal”

Colorado vista

I recently had the pleasure of traveling to Colorado for the first time, and fell absolutely in love with its snow-capped peaks, rustling Aspen, and the residents’ passion for the outdoors. But one of the most exciting parts of the trip was a pit stop at University of Colorado’s Denver Anschutz Medical Campus. No, this isn’t the story about a hiking trek gone terribly awry, this is a story of publication, of my own work, to be exact. At CU Denver, I picked up a copy of The Human Touch Journal, which features a short fiction piece by yours truly. Continue reading

Recommended Readings from Yours Truly

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Recommended readings from yours truly.

Last week in the Expo Blog, I wrote the inaugural post to our latest series: Expo Recommends. In it, the editors of Exposition Review, myself included, tell you about some of our favorite readings.

Recommended Readings from Yours Truly

As a reader and a writer, these pieces inspired and moved me, and I hope they will do the same for you.

Move these recommended readings to the top of your reading lists, and, if you’re so inclined, let me know what you think. I’d love to you hear your thoughts and continue a dialogue.

Tangerine Word of the Day

Merriam-Webster Tangerine Definition

Really, Merriam-Webster?

Yes, I’m that much of a nerd that I subscribe to Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day — oh come on, you know vocab is fun, and the emails usually have a good etymology component.

But one of today’s definitions has me convinced Merriam-Webster employs colorblind people. They define “tangerine,” as “a moderate to strong reddish orange.” That sounds like a blood orange if you ask me; tangerine is more of a vibrant citrus orange with yellow undertones. How does that sound to you? Leave your new definitions of the color of tangerine in the comments.

Watch This Video: Janet Fitch Discusses Nonfiction

In this little gem of a video from the Los Angeles Review of Books, Janet Fitch discusses nonfiction in the wake of the James Frey memoir scandal. I love her line “The whole question of truth in memoir kind of startled me more than it did most people, that there would be such a sense of outrage that a memoirist would be caught lying. I mean, I thought that was the definition of memoir. You know, it’s like, sit down next to me and tell me a good story, I don’t know. I don’t care if it’s true or not.”